Apple Pie Smoothie

Wow! I’m doing a happy dance just thinking about this apple pie smoothie. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and it’s GREAT. Anytime you have that many “-free”s in a recipe, I’m doubtful. But I will happily drink this anytime. In fact, I drank the whole batch. (Uh huh, no self control.) 

“Apple Pie in a Glass” is what my friend Tess Masters calls it; the recipe is from her fabulous new cookbook The Blender Girl: 100 Gluten-free, Vegan Recipes. So, what’s in it that makes it taste so good? Applesauce for the apple flavor. Almond milk for the base. Raw cashews for body and to mimic the taste of apple pie crust. Dates for sweetness. Vanilla just because. And ice. It does taste like apple pie, but in a smoothie form and without the guilt.

The Blender Girl cookbook is filled with recipes like this one—creative, healthy, and delicious. More than just smoothies, there are tacos, chiles, soups, salsas, salads and puddings too. All making good use of a blender, and all gluten-free and vegan.

Tess bounced into my kitchen one day for a pie making class. She quickly charmed my father who calls her, “the Australian force of nature”. And that she is! No surprise that her book is as fun, bubbly, and beautiful as she is.

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Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce or stewed apples
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 chopped, pitted dates, soaked in water for 1/2 hour OR 2 Tbsp maple syrup*
  • 1 cup ice cubes

*Use dates if using a high speed blender such as a Vitamix, otherwise use maple syrup.

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds.

Recipe from The Blender Girl: 100 Gluten-free, Vegan Recipes, by Tess Masters.Republished with permission of the author.

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Tess catching a laugh in Elise's kitchen.

18 Comments

  1. Tess Masters

    Oh, Elise, thankyou for that lovely post about me, and book, and the recipe. I hadn’t seen that photo at our pie making class. Oh, what an amazing, magical day that was….You are just the best. Love to you and your beautiful dad. You know I have a soft spot for him…..and you. xxxx

  2. Elizabeth DiBurro

    This smoothie sounds delicious! We have nut allergies so I’m going to substitute sunflower seeds for the cashews and rice milk for the almond milk. I’m hoping for similar results.
    Thank you for sharing! :)

  3. deanne

    This recipe sounded delicious. I followed the recipe although without soaking the dates prior to adding them to my blender. My husband and I both found the taste to be unappealing with no apple pie flavor but sort of an earthy quality.
    I’ll stick to making the berry smoothies.

  4. Jen

    Yumm! This is good :) I just tried the maple syrup version and I really liked it! Next time I’ll try macadamia nuts though, since I like them better than cashews. Oh, and I added some vanilla ice cream :)

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